Free Birds

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Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it.



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In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. (C) Relativity Media

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George Takei
as S.T.E.V.E.
Colm Meaney
as Myles Standish
Keith David
as Chief Broadbeak
Dan Fogler
as Governor Bradford
Dwight Howard
as Cold Turkey
Kaitlyn Maher
as President's Daughter
Jeff Biancalana
as General Sagan/Hazmat
Carlos Ponce
as Narrator/Alejandro
Robert Beltran
as Chief Massasoit
Lesley Nicol
as Pilgrim Woman
Jason Finazzo
as Chrononaut One
Scott Mosier
as Pizza Dude
Lauren Bowles
as Jake's Mother
Jimmy Hayward
as Hazmat, Ranger/Leatherbeak/President/Hazmat
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Critic Reviews for Free Birds

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (71)

  • Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags.

    Nov 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Surely Owen Wilson can do a lot better than a slipshod animation about time travelling turkeys?

    Nov 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's weirdly confusing and structurally unsound, though no more so than any film about time travel, including Looper and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It is, however, enjoyable, with some funny lines.

    Nov 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Free Birds is not (sorry) a turkey of a film. But it doesn't really soar terribly high either.

    Nov 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A lot of agreeable kookiness compensates for the ramshackle script in this tale of turkeys traveling back in time to prevent becoming an essential part of Thanksgiving dinner.

    Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The movie's animal rights, vegetarian message should go down easily with politically correct parents - at least until they choke on the offensive depiction of 17th-century turkeys as face-painted, headband-wearing native Americans.

    Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Free Birds

  • Dec 03, 2014
    It's understandable that pretty much everyone absolutely hated this film, the main reasons being: its premise is laughably horrible, it isn't politically correct, and many find it humorless. I understand these points, and many of them are valid, but I think some credit is due to this holiday film. Though a lot of this is slipshod, there were a lot of great jokes. The humor in this is really great, blending jokes for both adults and children alike. It's really precocious in its handling of the material and made me laugh a good many times. Between those jokes, however, are really offensive depictions of Thanksgiving era turkeys as Native Americans, complete with feathers behind their heads and war paint on their faces. The premise, well executed in most of the film, still leaves some giant plot holes and a whole lot of unneeded absurdity. The worst of this is evidenced by the fact that the Pilgrims are presented as villains who blame the turkeys for their many misfortunes. The turkeys are actually to blame, since this is a kid's movie, but how do the humans know this? It's great for kids, because it's at least funny, but it's not intelligently presented.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2014
    A mediocre, run-of-the-mill animation destined to be rapidly forgotten by everyone, not only for being mostly unfunny and full of clichés but also because it holds few to no surprises, making sure that every joke is explained and leaving almost nothing to our imagination.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2014
    Another uninspired and generic CG movie that doesn't really offer anything new, outside of the fact that I don't remember seeing any film of this type focus so heavily on the concept of time travel. There's more of a focus on it during the climax, where you get to see multiple versions of Reggie, all of whom traveled back in time to warn Reggie about the fate of the flock if he didn't go back to the year 1621, or whenever it was. I realize it's not something THAT impressive, but it is something that sets this film apart from others of this type. That's about it really, I can't think of much else that I enjoyed about the film. The voice acting is incredibly uninspired, it may not simply have been a paycheck for all involved, but that's the feeling I got from it. It's not particularly funny either, so there's no real purpose for you to really watch this movie. The film is pretty inoffensive, in that it's not offensive to all your senses, it's not horrifically terrible, but there are some pretty offensive racial stereotypes with the telenovela Reggie watches as the pardoned turkey. Every negative latin lover stereotype you've ever seen and then some. Thankfully it only comprises a small percentage of the film, so it's not so bad. I really can't recall much of the film. It's along the same quality of The Nut Job, this slightly edges it out as I think it has marginally better animation. Though the humans' facial animations are a little lacking and dull. Not much to say about this film, not very good, but it could've been much worse. It could've been Cars 2 or Shark Tale. It has its moments, but there are not nearly enough of them to save this film and to keep it from obscurity. I realize this review was as uninspired as the movie that inspired it, but there's really not much to say about this film. Other than you'd be best served watching something else. Anything else really.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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